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dklloyd

03:30AM | 05/06/05
Member Since: 05/05/05
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Hello,

We recently removed an old aluminum awning from the side of our house and are in the process of getting a Trex deck with a hard roof put on.

Unfortunately, there were several kinds/colors of caulk around the awning where it used to attached to the house. I have chipped off the caulk that protruded from the brick, put there is still a lot left. Our brick is not totally smooth on the outside, but rather kind of rough and the caulk is in all the little pores in the brick.

I have tried a wire brush, a wire brush attached to my drill, and Goo-off, but none of it is working very well. I also have concerns about using lots of chemicals right over our new deck. (I did also try some kind of stripping compound, but when the plastic cup I had it in basically dissolved in my hand, I thought that might not be such a good idea right above my composite deck.)

Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. I am going today to look for some caulk softening stuff I read about, but I'm not holding out much hope.

Thanks,

Donna

Glenn Good

07:28AM | 05/08/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
Have you tried pressure washing? You might consider hiring a professional pressure washing company to look at it. While you could possibly do it yourself the force of some pressure washers is great enough to scar the brick (depending on the type and how hard the surface is). A professional should know how much pressure can be used, what chemicals can be used, and how far from the surface to hold the wand to keep from scaring the bricks.

Glenn

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